Step 2 Colours
Meditation Connecting With Your Inner Power (play time 13m 41s)
History of Modern Spiritualism
The 31st March 1848 marks the beginning of Modern Spiritualism.
Instances of psychic phenomena have been recorded throughout history. All of the major religions are based initially on some form of psychic event which was later obscured by dogma and creed.
The ‘Hydesville Rappings’ established that:
- It is possible to communicate with the Spirits of the so-called dead;
- The communications were made easy because of an easily understood code;
- Certain people are mediums.
So: What are the Hydesville Rappings?
What did occur on 31st March 1848?
The three fox sisters, Kate in the middle, Margaret on the right, and Leah on the left.
The Fox sisters, Margaret the middle daughter. Her sister Kate the youngest and Leah, considerably older made “contact” with the spirit world on March 31 1848 sparking the spiritualist movement.
In 1955 a shrine was erected at the rear of the replica cottage; the original burned down and an exact replica was built by John Drummond. A memorial stone that reads, The Birthplace of Modern Spiritualism now marks the location of the Fox sister’s cottage in Hydesville, Newark N.Y..
THERE IS NO DEATH – THERE IS NO DEAD
The three sisters interest and belief in rapping’s that could be heard in the cottage led to the establishment of Spiritualism. Even before the Foxes moved into the cottage had a reputation of mysterious noises beside rapping. Gurgling sounds from the throat, a death struggle, heavy dragging of a body across the room have all been reported by prior tenants.
Kate, Margaret, and Leah, made history by being the first to establish a dialogue with the dead after disturbing series of raps and noises in their cottage. Margaret was an innocent ten year old when the first strange rapping’s were heard. John Fox, her father inspected their home for a reasonable explanation.
Kate at the tender age of seven proved to her father Spirit was real. “Do as I do,” said Kate as she clapped her hands. The same number of raps was heard made by invisible hands. “No, do just as I do. Count one, two, three, four,” Margaret interrupted. Exactly four raps were heard. Margaret became to afraid to continue the game they started.
The three sisters devised a system where they would ask a question to the unseen entity that could be answered one rap- yes, or two raps-no.
The presence identified itself as the spirit of a murdered peddler whose body had been buried beneath the Foxes home. Neighbours came to hear the rapping’s and volunteered to dig for the murdered peddler. When water was struck, the search was abandoned. A few months later the digging in the cellar resumed.
At a depth of 5 feet fragments of hair and bones believed to be part of a human skeleton. Fifty-six years later workmen unearthed an almost complete skeleton. There was a peddler’s box near the bones. The discovery led to the theory that murder first buried the body in the cellar, then fearing discovery, dug it up and buried the peddler between two walls.
A maid, Lucretia Pulver who lived four years before the Foxes in the cottage confirmed of a peddler’s visit to the house and stayed for a night, and her employers sent home to her parents. On return she was told the peddler left.
The Foxes moved from the house to live with other members of their family. unexplained noises and actions followed the sisters. Leah decided to communicate with the invisible entity like she had when she was a child. She would recite the alphabet and raps would respond a certain letter.
The first message Leah and her household received was, “Dear Friends, you must proclaim this truth in the world. This is the dawning of a new era; you must not try to conceal it any longer. When you do your duty God will protect you and good spirits will watch over you.” Leah took the reins over her sisters. She became the first professional medium. Kate, her younger sister followed Leah’s example six months later. Margaret followed suit.
Even though their lives were threatened they toured the U.S. and Europe to, proclaim spirit communication to the world. In 1854, America’s first Spiritualist organization, the Society for the Diffusion of Spiritual Knowledge was founded in New York by a wealthy merchant.
Margaret Fox, (1833-1893) in 1888 claimed that the effects were fraudulent. After a fall out with Leah she attempted to turn Spiritualism into a farce. Her published confession said that the raps had been made at first by bumping or dropping a apple on the floor. Margaret confessed she and Kate, perfected control of their muscles that they could snap the joints of their fingers and toes without detection. She demonstrated her technique before an audience at a New York theatre.
Kate and Leah Fox seances were accurate concerning matters of the heart, career or other enterprises, conflicts and struggles as well as practical affairs. They were able to correctly predict destiny and the actions of others that had an important influence. Kate was known to produce spirit forms which proved there was obvious connection. Her communication took place mainly through raps and writing.
Throughout history, many ancient civilisations have used colour and light in a variety of ways to treat disease, and to enhance wellbeing. These days colour is used in many ways, not only for physical healing, but to enhance moods and to rebalance energies. As discussed in the previous class, each of our seven main chakras has a corresponding, dominant colour. One use for colour is that should any of these chakras become unbalanced, the appropriate colour can help to restore harmony to your energetic systems.
Without realizing it, we’re already aware of how colour resonates in our everyday life. Think of the expressions that people use, such as ‘green with envy’, ‘feeling blue’ etc. In recent years organizations such as the NHS, the Prison and Police Services have recognized the impact of colour on our health and moods by painting hospital rooms, and holding cells in colours that promote healing and calm, and Steiner schools use colour in the classrooms to assist children’s natural development.
Another interesting aspect of colour is that many things can be ascertained about a person by the colours that they wear. Some people believe that individuals often subconsciously wear colours for a specific reason, for example, someone who wears a lot of clack will often want to fade into the background. By understanding more about colour, we can make informed choices about our clothing to help us with everyday situations, for example, blue is the colour of communication so is useful to wear when speaking in public.
Conversely, a dislike of a particular colour can be revealing.
It has been scientifically shown that light or the absence of it, can have an effect on the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands and consequently on our health. Produced by the sun and filtered through our atmosphere, colour is the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) along with invisible radio waves, x-rays and microwaves. Visible waves sit in the middle of the EMS and are divided into seven different colours differentiated by their wavelengths.
We all know how other elements of the spectrum can have proven effects on our minds and bodies, for example, the damage that is caused by over exposure to UV or x-ray radiation. Colour therapy is based on the belief that the visible element of the spectrum, i.e., colour, can also affect the mind and body. Colour therapy states that each part of the body, along with our emotions and mental states, respond to a specific colour. Treatment can take various forms:
- Sunlight focused on an area of the body.
- Eating specifically coloured foods.
- Drinking ‘Rainbow Water’ – water is poured into a container and exposed to sunlight. The subject then drinks the water and absorbs the colour’s energies.
- Colour breathing which requires you to visualize colours as you breathe deeply.
- Shining white light through coloured filters and directing it into parts of the body.
- Wearing specific clothing colours. The physical and energetic bodies absorb vibration of the colours from these clothes.
Although colour therapists study in-depth courses over a long period of time, these are some simple ways that we can incorporate colour into our lives to enhance our health and wellbeing. The ‘Basic Colour Information’ at the back of this book will give you a starting point for working with and interpreting colour.
Exercise 1: Complementary Colours
This exercise gets you working with colours, thus making you more receptive to the rest of the exercises.
On a coloured wheel, the colour directly opposite another is called its complementary colour. There are:
Red – Turquoise
Orange – Blue
Yellow – Violet
Green – Magenta
- You will need pieces of different coloured card and larger sheets of white paper.
- Place one of the pieces of card on top of a piece of white paper.
- Stare at the card for about a minute, allowing your eyes to relax and go slightly out of focus.
- Quickly remove the piece of card so that you are now looking at the white paper.
- You will start to see the card’s complementary colour on the white sheet.
- Practise this with all the different coloured pieces of card.
Exercise 2: Dowsing For Colour
Use the ‘Pendulum Colour Chart’ at the back of this book. There are two different charts, practice with both and find the one that works best for you. You will also need a pendulum.
- Holding the pendulum with one hand take a couple of breaths and ask that the pendulum moves to indicate ‘YES’. It should slowly begin to move in a particular way, sideways, back & forth, or in a clockwise or anticlockwise. Make a note of this then ask it to move to indicate ‘NO’ wait for the movement and make a note of it. Ask it to ‘STOP’ or say ‘THANK YOU’.
- Now ask the pendulum to show you which colour(s) you are mainly vibrating in at the moment. Hold the pendulum over each colour in turn, and see how it moves.
- Now repeat the exercise asking which colour(s) you are most lacking in.
- You can also ask the pendulum to show you which colours you would most benefit from at the present time.
- Make notes of your findings and refer to the ‘Basic Colour Information@ to analyse them.